Investigators are reviewing video of a star high school athlete’s run-in with police in the small Kaufman County town of Kemp. Soso Jamabo from Plano West faces a charge of evading arrest over the weekend.
On Monday, we were supposed to get a look at the dashboard camera video that purportedly shows Jamabo leading police on a brief high-speed chase over the weekend. But at the last minute, the Kemp police chief turned that decision over to the district attorney.
So a new paperwork process begins, and that means we are not seeing the video yet.
Police said they observed things being thrown out of the car during the pursuit on Saturday evening, and they say additional charges could be filed against the 18-year-old football and basketball star as the investigation continues.
Right now, Jamabo is out on bond, charged with a state jail felony of evading arrest.
Four other charges — disregarding a stop sign, failure to produce a driver’s license, speeding, and possession and consumption of alcohol — were all reduced to warnings, even though Jamabo was driving the vehicle involved in the police chase.
Kemp’s police chief said that was the officer’s discretion, and that the break has nothing to do with the fact that Jamabo was perhaps the most sought-after running back recruit in the country this year. The Plano West standout committed in February to play football at UCLA. On Monday, the school declined to comment on what Jamabo’s legal issues might mean for his future at at UCLA.
Police said they expect to wrap up their part of the investigation and to have a report ready sometime on Tuesday.